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Poster: billbarstad Date: Dec 1, 2010 6:59am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Godzilla vs. Megalon (1973)

The US release is under copyright, and by filing a renewal notice Toho means to enforce it. I'm surprised that the movie is available elsewhere for download. Caveat: If the US release doesn't contain a copyright notice, it is PD.

Type of Work: Motion Picture
Registration Number / Date: RE0000854820 / 2001-12-26
Renewal registration for: PA0000382929 / 1973-03-17
Title: Godzilla vs. Megalon.
Notes: Motion picture.
Copyright Claimant: Toho Company, Ltd. (PWH)

Other Title: Godzilla tai Megaro.
Names: Toho Company, Ltd.
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The Japanese version was also copyrighted.

Type of Work: Motion Picture
Registration Number / Date: PA0000382929 / 1988-04-22
Supplemented by: PA0000786381 / 1996-01-22
Application Title: Godzilla tai Megaro
Title: Godzilla vs. Megalon.
Description: 2 videocassettes : sd., col. ; 3/4 in.
Language: In Japanese.
Copyright Claimant: Toho Eizo Company, Ltd.
Date of Creation: 1973
Date of Publication: 1973-03-17
Copyright Note: C.O. correspondence.
See also Godzilla vs. Megalon; Reg. 22Jan96; PA 786-381

Names: Toho Eizo Company, Ltd.
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Type of Work: Motion Picture
Registration Number / Date: PA0000786381 / 1996-01-22
Supplement to: PA0000382929 / 1988
Title: Godzilla vs. Megalon; a.k.a. Godzilla tai Megaro. By Toho Eizo Company, Ltd.
Copyright Claimant: Toho Company, Ltd. (on original appl.: Toho Eizo Company, Ltd.)
Supplement to Registration: PA 382-929, 1988

Variant title: Godzilla vs. Megalon
Other Title: Godzilla tai Megaro
Names: Toho Company, Ltd.
Toho Eizo Company, Ltd.
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And as Guyzilla points out, the name and character "Godzilla" is likely a trademark of Toho Company, Ltd.

This post was modified by billbarstad on 2010-12-01 14:59:25

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Poster: skybandit Date: Dec 1, 2010 6:49pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Godzilla vs. Megalon (1973)

MST3K found out the hard way it's NOT PD, since they released an episode using this film and had to do a recall. The confusion is that it USED to be PD, along with several other Godzilla flicks, but the changes of copyright law over the years let Toho regain their claims. Don't know how the Uruguay Round Agreements Act worked, but Toho got them back.

Wouldn't worry about the trademark, it's completely seperate from copyright, else the Superman cartoons and the Lone Ranger, Green Hornet, Shadow and Dick Tracy movies wouldn't be here.

This post was modified by skybandit on 2010-12-02 02:49:39

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Poster: guyzilla Date: Dec 1, 2010 10:33pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Godzilla vs. Megalon (1973)

Good point. Even after hanging out here for a year and a half, sometimes I still find the issues of copyrights and trademarks confusing, like how the Superman cartoons can be here. But they are here, and long before I discovered the Archive, I could find them available in different collections in stores by scores of different video companies. When I was talking about Godzilla, I was just going by gut instinct. I have, over the years, found many Godzilla movies on tape by some of the same distributors. It kind of makes me wonder about all the Gamera movies that are here. What's their status and has it ever been checked out? I know Alpha sells those but wouldn't the same rule apply to Gamera as Godzilla?

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Poster: skybandit Date: Dec 2, 2010 6:49am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Godzilla vs. Megalon (1973)

Gamera was translated into English by two different US companies, Sandy Frank and Titan Productions. Titan's fell into the Public Domain, and the original Japanese company Daiei went bankrupt in the 70's, so some of their licensing fell through the cracks. Toho never had those problems, and when they regained all their copyrights they made an arrangement with Good Time Videos to allow them to keep distributing some of the older Godzilla films that were once PD. Not EVERYTHING from Alpha (or most other PD film distributors) is PD.

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